Directed by Robert Smyth
Assistant Director & Fight Choreographer, Jordan Miller
Lamb's Players Theatre
"STUNNING! A MUST-SEE!"
Carol Davis, examiner.com
Stirring and Inspirational!"
Pat Launer, TimesOfSanDiego.com
A pair of startling performances by Lucia Vecchio as Helen Keller and Kelsey Venter as Anne Sullivan"
James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune
A phenomenal rendition of a timeless story."
Becca Garber, eCoronado.com
Youth, ages 5 – 17 & Active Military (with ID) are HALF PRICE.
Ages 18 – 34, join LAMB’S
Seniors (66+) and Veterans (with ID) $5 Off
Running Time: 90 minutes, without an Intermission
Age recommendation: 7 years and up
Charles Evans Jr.
Charles is very pleased to be part of this incredible cast of The Explorer's Club! He was most recently seen at Lambs Players Theatre in Big Fish, as well as The Miracle Worker, Twelfth Night and Fiddler on the Roof. Charles is a Resident Artist with Cygnet Theatre (A Christmas Carol, The Vortex, Hay Fever, Dogfight, My Fair Lady, Spring Awakening). Other San Diego credits include work with La Jolla Playhouse, ion Theatre, New Village Arts and San Diego Repertory Theatre. Charles has also spent 5 years as a resident actor with the Okoboji Summer Theatre where favorite credits include Little Women: The Musical (Laurie), The Secret Garden (Dickon), and Forever Plaid (Francis). Charles is a BFA theatre graduate of Stephens College for Women and a proud member of Actors' Equity. Many thanks to The Smyths and Caitie Grady for their support.
Critics Circle Award Winner, Yolanda Franklin, is excited to make her debut at Lamb’s Player Theatre. She can be seen next in Our Lady of Kibeho at Moxie Theatre in May 2016. Theatre Credits: Peter J Sharp NYC/Ion Theatre: Sea Of Souls (Lila); Ion Theatre: night, Mother (Jessie); This Wide Night (Lorraine); Bug (Asst Dir), Little Flower of East Orange (Magnolia); La Jolla Playhouse: The Brothers Paranormal (Delia); New Village Arts: To Kill A Mockingbird (Calpurnia); Trip to Bountiful (Jessie Mae); Diversionary Theatre: Divine Sister (Sister Acacius), Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler (Mammy); OnStage Playhouse: The Sugar Witch (Annabelle/The Sugar Witch); Moxie Theatre: A Raisin in the Sun (Ruth Younger), Dead Man's Cell Phone (Other Woman/Carlota), Gibson Girl (Ruth Gibson); Cygnet: Our Town (Mrs. Webb); Point Loma Playhouse: Steel Magnolias (Arnelle), Twelfth Night (Olivia), Glass Menagerie (Asst Dir); Common Ground Theatre: Handel's Messiah-A Soulful Celebration (Host), Four Queens No Trump (Jocenia). TV/Film Credits: InVitro Films: The Tie that Binds (Wife/Angela), Proxy-Web-Series: (Psychiatrist); Levar Burton Production: The Tiger Woods Movie; Opening Door Productions: Levels of Anxiety; Hansen Production Company: Personals; Commercials: Toyota Carlsbad, Hush Puppies, Honda, Claritan & AOL.
Cynthia was a member of LPT’s Resident Ensemble from 1988 to 2001 and is now an Associate Artist. most recently she played the role of Margie Swanson in The Festival of Christmas Fargo North of Normal, Silent Sky, The Miracle Worker, The Nerd, An American Christmas and You Can't Take It With You. Prior to that you saw her in Twelfth Night, Quilters, Wit and Lamb's annual Festival of Christmas. Favorite productions at LPT include Harvey, The Hit, Susan and God, The Miracle Worker, Flight, Steel Magnolias, Quilters, Busman’s Honeymoon, Detective Story, See How They Run, Amadeus, Dracula, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Ring Round The Moon. Cynthia is a regular performer with Write Out Loud and earlier last year made her debut with Intrepid Theatre in Perfect Arrangement as Kitty Sunderson. Cynthia studied at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is also enjoying her role as Cannon and Spencer’s mom.
LPT Associate Artist: Beau Jest, Dinner With Marlene, The Miracle Worker, Fiddler On The Roof, Wit, See How They Run, Joe vs. the Volcano, The Glory Man, Harvey, Joyful Noise, The Glass Menagerie, Room Service, The Voysey Inheritance, An American Christmas (’07,’08,‘09,'15,16), Enchanted April, Into the Woods, and The Winslow Boy. Other San Diego credits include Twelfth Night, Plaid Tidings (Old Globe), Lucy Simon’s Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse), Sea of Souls, Passion, Angels in America (ion theatre company), Hand to God, Violet, Clybourne Park, A Christmas Carol (San Diego Rep), Cabaret, Noises Off (Cygnet), School for Lies, Dracula (North Coast Rep) The Woman in Black (CSUSM) and work at Moonlight, Starlight, Compass. Off-Broadway: Sea of Souls. Regional theatres include Arkansas & Tennessee Repertory Theatres and nine seasons with the Utah, Lake Tahoe, Marin, and Texas Shakespeare Festivals. Directing: Turn of the Screw (Intrepid), Lion In Winter, Born Yesterday, The Mousetrap, Barefoot in the Park, Ring Round the Moon, You Never Can Tell (Moonlight), Plaid Tidings (New Village Arts). MFA: UC Irvine.
Lucia is thrilled to be returning to the Lamb's Players Stage! As a Lambs Players Associate Artist she has been seen in: Quilters (Sarah's Daughter), Music Man (Amaryllis), Festival of Christmas ’09, American Christmas ’11, ‘12 & '15; Other credits include: OnStage Playhouse: Diary of Anne Frank (Anne - SD Critic’s Circle Outstanding Young Artist, Aubrey Award); Moonlight Theatre: Oklahoma; Patio Playhouse: The Effects of Gamma Rays… (Tillie - Aubrey nomination); Old Globe: The Grinch '08, Celebrity Sonnets; CYC Theatre: The Secret Garden (Mary Lennox), Seussical (Jojo); TV: Parenthood, Modern Family, 1600 Penn; Film: R.I.P.D., A Better Place; Voiceover: Lego Friends (series), Barbie’s A Perfect Christmas. She is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and an improviser in the Comedy Sportz High School League.
Kelsey Venter is a Lamb's Associate Artist who was last seen as Anne Sullivan in The Miracle Worker. Past Lamb’s productions include Les Miserables (Fantine), The 39 Steps (Annabella/Margaret/Pamela), Trying (Sarah) and Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), as well as being one of the core 20 in Lamb’s Guinness World Record Breaking 100 Hours of Stories. Other regional credits include Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Maria/Itchy) in a co-production with the American Conservatory Theater and the Guthrie Theater; The Last Five Years (Cathy cover), Love and Information (female u/s), Monstress (Althea), ‘Tis Pity She's a Whore (Philotis) and A Christmas Carol (Martha Cratchit, Ghost of Christmas Past) with the American Conservatory Theater; Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Mama Who) and Sense & Sensibility (Fanny u/s) at The Old Globe Theater; I Love You Because (Marcy) at North Coast Rep; Timepiece (Andrea) with The Active Theater; Oliver! (Nancy) at Woodminster Amphitheater; She Loves Me (Amalia) and Boeing-Boeing (Gloria) at CenterREP; The Threepenny Opera (Polly Peachum) and Seagull In The Hamptons (Nina) with Shotgun Players. Venter earned her BA in Theatre from San Diego State University and her MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater. www.kelseyventer.com
Since 1984 Mike has designed over 200 productions at Lamb's in addition to many shows at such companies as San Diego Rep, The Laguna Playhouse and the Old Globe/USD MFA program. Recent favorites include sets for The Explorer's Club, Beau Jest, and Shadowlands here at Lamb's and set and lights for Godspell at Southwestern College where he teaches technical theatre, scriptwriting and design. Also a playwright, his romantic comedy The Hit had an extended run at Lamb's Coronado Theatre and then the Horton Grand Theatre and his set for The Hit earned Mike his fifth Patte Award. As an actor, Mike has appeared in many shows at Lamb's. Favorites include The Nerd, The Hit, Joseph…, Beau Jest, Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller, The Secret Garden, Boomers and My Fair Lady. He also appeared in Crazy For You at Moonlight. TV credits include Wicked, Wicked Games as well as several commercials. Mike also designs residential interiors through his business Weekend Makeover.
Patrick J. Duffy
Audio Designer & Stage Manager
Patrick was last seen as Bernado in West Side Story here, and his other favorite roles have been MacDuff in Macbeth at Intrepid, and Hyde in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Ion. Other stage credits here at Lamb's include Pete N Keely, The Book of the Dun Cow, Smoke on the Mountain ‘04 & ‘10, Festival of Christmas ‘08, The Voysey Inheritance, An Ideal Husband, Cold Comfort Farm, South Pacific, and Rehearsal for Murder (which he also stage managed and sound designed). He recently won the Craig Noel "Outstanding Sound Design" award for Les Misérables, and his other sound credits here are MIXTAPE, Fiddler on the Roof, Pump Boys & Dinettes, Godspell, Boomers, The Fantasticks, The Light in the Piazza, Joseph ‘07 and ‘15, American Rhythm ‘06 at the Lyceum, The Secret Garden, and Enchanted April. When not on stage or designing, he can be found building sets or as Lamb’s Audio Master. Patrick is thankful for all His blessings in his life, and wishes you the same. Thanks for coming by, enjoy!
Deborah Gilmour Smyth
Associate Artistic Director and director of Patron Services, Deborah has been a member of the Lamb’s resident ensemble since 1979 . Originally from the East Coast, she has lived all over the United States and went to school at San Francisco State University where she studied music and theatre. One of San Diego’s most active performers with over 200 productions to her credit, she is a seven-time recipient of the San Diego Theatre Critics’ Circle’s Craig Noel Award including Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play for Martha in Intrepid Theatre Company's Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf, Vivian Bearing in Lamb’s production of Wit and Outstanding Female Performance in a Musical for her performance as Mother in Ragtime at Starlight Musical Theatre, for her role of Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza at Lamb’s Players, and for her role of Mrs. Lovett at Cygnet Theatre. She has been honored with Backstage West and numerous Patte awards for performance, original music, sound design. At Lamb’s Players Deborah has performed in over 160 productions, directed over 70 productions, sound designed, written original music, or musically directed over 80 productions. Deborah enjoys the opportunity to be involved in an amazing ensemble that is the Lamb’s Players family. Deborah and her husband, Producing Artistic Director Robert Smyth, and their good buddy Banjo Billy make their home in Coronado.
Properties and PA Rachel Hengst has worked with Lambs Players Theater since 2013. She made her professional theater debut in Mixtape as the Assistant Stage Manager and has learned so much since then. Her Prop Design credits include Lamb's Player's productions of You Can't Take it With You, West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz, the latest incarnation of Mixtape, The Nerd, Miracle Worker, Dinner with Marlene, Beau Jest, Shadowlands, Silent Sky, Big Fish, The Explorer's Club, and Smoke on the Mountain. She thanks her family for their endless support and for God's guidance in her life.
Assistant Director/Fight Choreographer
Jordan has served as fight choreographer for many LPT productions including West Side Story, OZ, Les Miserables, Equivocation, The Explorer's Club and The Miracle Worker (where he also served as Assistant Director). As an actor, he was last seen in Big Fish, and played notable roles in Festival of Christmas (2016, 2015, and 2014), OZ, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and his personal favorite, Les Miserables. Together with his wife, Jessica Couto, he currently owns and operates Theater For Young Professionals, a private vocal and acting studio dedicated to training youth actors in San Diego. www.typsandiego.org
a graduate of Biola University, Nate is Lamb’s Director of Production. He has been with Lamb’s since 1982 working as photographer, set construction, lighting designer and performer.
Jeanne's work as a designer this year in San Diego includes Shadowlands for Lambs Players, On the 20th Century for Cygnet Theatre, The Perfect Arrangement and Buddy Holly for Intrepid Theatre, She designed last year's Lambs production of American Rhythm for which she received a Critics Circle, Craig Noel Nomination. Her work has achieved theater critics awards in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara. Other productions awarded for costume design include her original designs for The Wonderful World of Oz, A Servant Of Two Masters, The Light in the Piazza, Little Foxes, Joyful Noise, Metamorphosis, and two dozen other productions. Besides designing she currently teaches at San Diego Mesa College.
is LAMB's Producing Artistic Director. He joined the staff of Lamb's Players Street Theatre as an actor and director in 1976. In 1978 LAMB'S opened its first resident theatre in National City, and then in 1994 brought the old performance space in Coronado's historic Spreckel's Building back to life as its new home. Robert has directed more than 150 productions for LAMB'S, and performed in over 100, including favorite roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1776, Cyrano De Bergerac, The Boys Next Door, and the one-man show Damien. He and his wife, director, actor, composer, Deborah Gilmour Smyth, make their home in Coronado.
Producing Artistic Director:
Central Box Office
Lamb's Players Theatre
Share and Follow
© 2016 Lamb's Players Theatre.
All rights reserved.
|Prime||Sec A||Sec B|
|Wed at 2pm & tues, Wed, Thurs at 7:30pm||$48||$38||$22|
|Fri & Sat at 8pm||$58||$48||$32|
|Sat at 4pm & Sun at 2pm||$68||$58||$42|
For readability, seat numbers are shown for every other seat
Seniors (66 and over) $5 Off
Youth (5 thru 17) & Active Military (with ID) - Half PriceBUY TICKETS
Lamb's Box Office (619) 437-6000
Tue - Sat, Noon to 7pm / Sun, Noon to 2
The Horton Grand Box Office opens at 5pm Wed - Sat, opens Sun at 2pm
Under 30? Find out about half-price tickets!
Seniors (65+) and Groups of 10+ – $5 off
For group discounts for more than 10 people please contact Susan Andrews (619) 437-6050 x126